Supacell: Tosin Cole to star in Netflix superhero series
James R | On 20, Aug 2022
Doctor Who’s Tosin Cole will lead the cast of Supacell, a new Netflix series by Rapman.
The show follows a group of five ordinary people who unexpectedly develop superpowers. They have little in common except for one thing: they are all Black South Londoners. It is down to one man, Michael Lasaki, to bring them all together to save the woman he loves.
Tosin Cole (61st, Street, Till, Ear for Eye) will star as Michael, alongside Nadine Mills (Sliced and The Weekend) as Sabrina, Eric Kofi Abrefa (Blue Story, BMF) as Andre, Calvin Demba (The Rig, Life, Micky and the Bear) as Rodney, Josh Tedeku (Moonhaven, A Town Called Malice)as Tazer, Adelayo Adedayo (The Responder, Timewasters) as Dionne, Rayxia Ojo (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – West End Production, Call The Midwife) as Sharleen and Giacomo Mancini (Top Boy, Orthodox) as Spud.
The series is created by Rapman (Blue Story), who serves as showrunner and will direct Episodes 1, 2 and 6. Episodes 3 to 5 will be directed by Sebastian Thiel (Dreaming Whilst Black, Just A Couple and forthcoming drama Riches).
Mark Hedges is Series Producer and Sheila Nortley serves as Block 2 Producer and Associate Producer. Geraldine Hawkins serves as Co-Producer
Rapman serves as executive producer alongside Anna Ferguson and Steve Searle for Netflix, with Mouktar Mohammed and Henrietta Lee of New Wave serving as executive producer and associate producer respectively.
The show will give Black creatives the opportunity to break into the TV industry through the Supacell Six scheme. The initiative, founded by Rapman, New Wave and Netflix, will give six chosen candidates the opportunity to grow in their chosen field through shadowing crew, access to experts in their field and additional upskilling courses. The Supacell Six include Jessica Magaye, Ricardo McCleary – Campbell, Saraphina Mattis, Melissa Simon-Hartman, Cleo Young and Micheal Ademilua.
Production is due to begin this month in South London.